Home » News » Housing Market » Airbnb hosting firm attacks letting agents in London tube ads previous nextProptechAirbnb hosting firm attacks letting agents in London tube adsHostmaker.com suggests landlords should switch from longer-term lettings to short and medium-term rentals via its service.Nigel Lewis25th January 201902,284 Views An Airbnb hosting company backed by Marriott Hotels has launched an advertising campaign that calls for landlords to ‘drop their letting agent’.Posters created for the campaign have been running all over London’s underground network for some weeks and, as well as taunting letting agents, suggest its service can bring in ‘up to’ 30% better returns for landlords.“They said they’d change. They said they’d try harder. But you’re missing out on up to 30% higher yields by not using our innovative flexible lettings service”, it says.The advertisement coincides with Hostmaker’s recent deal with medium-term lettings portal SpotaHome.com, which The Negotiator reported on earlier this month, although the two are commercially unrelated and Hostmaker is only one of a number of companies that use Spotahome’s marketplaceAirbnb listingThe deal enables landlords and letting agents to make more money from listing on Airbnb by using SpotaHome’s portal to gain medium-length lettings of a month or more during quiet periods of the year on Airbnb.“Spotahome provides access to a market that can cater for the low season, that guarantees income for the property owner so they can stabilise income over the year and utilise short lets for peak seasons,” said David Grey, Head of Yield Management at Hostmaker.The advertisements on London’s tube are controversial because they suggest landlords should switch to short and medium-length lettings rather than rent their properties out as homes to longer-term tenants.Letting agents don’t appear to have the support of London’s mayor Sadiq Khan in their battle with Airbnb, who last year met Airbnb’s CEO Belinda Johnson in the US (pictured, right), tweeting afterwards that the sharing platform was “an important part of London’s offer to visitors from around the world”.Hostmaker Sadiq Khan spotahome January 25, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
View post tag: Commonwealth of Australia Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Austal to build two more Cape Class vessels December 14, 2015 Austal to build two more Cape Class vessels View post tag: Cape Class The Australian-based shipbuilder, Austal Limited, announced December 13 it has entered into a shipbuilding contract with the National Australia Bank to construct two further Cape Class Patrol Boats. The contract value for the two vessels is $63 million.The company said the vessels would be delivered to the National Australia Bank in 2017 and subsequently chartered to the Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Defence) for a minimum term of three years. Austal has employed a similar off balance sheet charter of defence ships through the charter of Westpac Express to the US Navy for 13 years.The vessels will be sustained by Austal in accordance with the in-service support offering provided to the 8 existing Cape Class Patrol Boats designed and constructed by Austal and owned by the Australian Border Force.According to Austal, the company is also providing a residual value guarantee to the National Australia Bank, which may be exercised at the conclusion of the charter term. This means that in the event that the Department of Defence returns the ships at the end of the charter and National Australia Bank exercises the residual value guarantee option, Austal would purchase the vessels at a pre-agreed price.Austal CEO Andrew Bellamy said the contract would take the fleet of Cape Class Patrol Boats to 10 vessels and reflected the quality and performance of the existing fleet of ships Austal recently delivered on time and on budget.Austal is also contracted to deliver two High Speed Support Vessels to the Royal Navy of Oman from its Henderson shipyard. Austal unveiled the first of these vessels in October this year.“The two corvette-sized vessels we are building at our Australian shipyard for export to Oman next year are progressing well and demonstrate that Austal is internationally competitive when it comes to advanced manufacturing”, said Andrew Bellamy.[mappress mapid=”17523″] View post tag: Austal
Future HMNZS Aotearoa, the largest ship ever built for the Royal New Zealand Navy, was launched at Hyundai Heavy Industries’s Ulsan shipyard in South Korea on April 24.Aotearoa now begins six months of fit out before her formal naming ceremony in Ulsan, South Korea, attended by the Governor-General of New Zealand and Aotearoa’s ship sponsor, Dame Patsy Reddy. The commissioning of the ship will take place at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland in early 2020.Once in service, Aotearoa will operate as a fleet tanker, a supply ship and will have the ability to produce 100 tonnes of fresh water each day.“Seeing a ship of this size and capability on the water nearing full completion is a really exciting time for our Navy,” Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, said at the float out ceremony.“Aotearoa will provide us with a world-class maritime sustainment capability. She is a ship that will carry our nation’s name with pride to all corners of the world as we advance New Zealand’s interests from the sea.”The 173-meter ship will also be ice-strengthened and winterised for operations in Antarctica. The ship cost $493 million to build. View post tag: HMNZS Aotearoa View post tag: HHI Size comparison of HMNZS Aotearoa with other, past and present, Royal New Zealand Navy ships. Photo: Royal New Zealand Navy View post tag: RNZN Photo: Photo: Royal New Zealand Navy Share this article
By Maddy VitaleGetting ready for Sunday’s big game likely entails going to the food store and cleaning up the house, she shed or man cave, for a few, or 20-plus guests.The last thing you want to worry about is lugging in bottles of beer, wine or spirits for the Eagles after-party – right?Well, Passion Vines Wine & Spirit Company in Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township, makes getting ready for the Super Bowl as easy as going to www.passionvines.com on your tablet, phone, laptop or desktop. All you have to do is browse, click and add to your shopping cart. All orders submitted by 7 p.m., have a same day delivery promise. If you have a specific time that you would like to receive your delivery, you can let Passion Vines know while placing your order, said Michael Bray, owner of Passion Vines.From left; Passion Vines drivers Matt Shockley, of Somers Point, and Luis Escobar, of Atlantic City, give customers door to door delivery. (Courtesy Passion Vines)In addition to door to door delivery throughout Atlantic County and Cape May counties, Passion Vines also has in-store pickup. A big advantage to shopping online this week is being able to use the promo code: “EAGLES” at the time of checkout. From now through Saturday at noon, apply the promo code to your online order and you’ll save 15 percent off wine, 10 percent off beer and 10 percent off spirits (non-sale items), Bray said.“It comes down to convenience. Shopping on passionvines.com saves you time. It is no different than Uber or eBay. Our website lets you shop from your desktop or mobile device, on your terms and time,” Bray said. “All of our inventory is loaded onto the site.” Michael Bray demonstrates how easy it is to order online with just a few clicks.Bray said the reason for stopping the Super Bowl orders at noon Saturday is to ensure that they keep up with the demand.One item, that will likely be a fan favorite, is the Johnson Harriss red wine, “Cuvee Wentz,” inspired by Eagles superstar quarterback Carson Wentz. It is usually priced at $24.99 but will be $19.99. The blend is described by the maker on the Passion Vines website as “mind-blowing,” “structured and fresh, a serious wine, not flabby.”Besides drinks, are dozens of delicious gourmet artisan cheeses such as asiago, gouda and New York Cheddar, meats like pepperonis, a variety of spreads, pretzels, crackers and chocolates, to order for game time. When it comes to beer, Bray said, a lot of people love the growler fills in Somers Point. Growlers are glass or ceramic beer containers that come in either a 64-ounce jug or a 32-ounce one. It gives a person the ability to choose between different types of beers. There are 13 craft beers on tap at Passion Vines in Somers Point. “During football season people will choose to fill up several growlers with different types of beer for variety. Gone are the days of a keg of Coors Light,” Bray said. “The growlers offer the freshness of beer on tap.”Passion Vines Somers Point location, has a bar with wine tastings and other events throughout the year. They also offer specialty drinks on tap. Cold-brewed coffee, prosecco, a sparkling wine, and kombucha, sweetened black and green teas, are some favorites and adds a variety to choose from on tap. Michael Bray says his customers love growlers, which are beer containers, because they can have a variety of types of beer.Bray said online orders are filling up as game day nears, and he expects it will only get a lot busier.“We are filling orders, whether it be for a small house party of 10 people, or a banquet hall of 200 people,” Bray said. “We will cover the gamut. The beauty of our selection is we offer so much more than wine, beer and spirits.”If you’re not one for online ordering, Passion Vines Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township are open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. for all your Super Bowl needs.Passion Vines is located at 265 New Rd, Somers Point. For more information call (609) 601-8463. The Egg Harbor Township store is at 3013 Ocean Heights Avenue. For more information call (609) 653-8463Online ordering is a good way for customers to get what they want on game day. Michael Bray and his staff are busy filling orders such as these, for Sunday. Michael Bray, owner of Passion Vines, keeps customer convenience in mind when designing new features for ordering.
Pukka Pies has named Lee Birmingham as head of its UK and international foodservice business.In his new role, Birmingham will oversee growth of Pukka Pies’ foodservice offer, which accounts for about half the brand’s £45 million revenue. His key focus will be building and developing relationships with customers.Birmingham has previously worked for Cadbury UK/Kraft Foods and Symington’s, and has experience in foodservice, convenience, B2B and sales. “There is a huge opportunity to grow the Pukka Pies brand within the foodservice channel and, as the market changes, we need to continue to lead that change by ensuring we have the right range in the right format for the right channels,” said Birmingham, adding that the brand’s new Veggie Tikka Masala product was an example of this.“I am really keen to begin this journey as soon as possible and I look forward to speaking with and meeting all of our key customers over the next few months.”Six months ago, new CEO Deborah Ewan took the reins at the business, which recently reported that it had seen a slight increase in turnover, although rising costs had contributed to a drop in profits.
13After delivering House assignments to freshmen, Leverett residents share a romantic moment. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 6Quincy House residents dash through the Square en route to the Yard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Yacine Fares ’15 (left) of Adams House isn’t afraid to talk to a rival penguin from Quincy, Saheela Ibraheem ’15. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Kirkland House students are the first to arrive in the Yard, snagging the coveted celebration spot in front of the John Harvard statue. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Miguel Perez-Luna ’15 (left) and Erick Juarez ’15 (right) join Leverett housemates as they make some noise inside Annenberg. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Pamela Chen and Sam Wattrus of Adams House try to stay warm in a frosted Harvard Yard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Lowell House students sort through the envelopes that inform freshmen of their assigned House. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Mather residents Carrie Tian (left) and Ruth Fong celebrate. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Eliot House residents race across the Yard to the John Harvard statue. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 15May Barakat ’16 (left) whoops it up with her Quincy housemates inside Annenberg Hall. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 5The penguins of Quincy House announce to freshmen inside Hollis where they’ll live for the next three years. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Students from Cabot House hoist into the air House Co-Master Rakesh Khurana, who is also the incoming dean of Harvard College. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 11The view from inside University Hall shows a raucous display on Housing Day. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 17New PhoHo resident Melinda Song ’17 gets a hug from a PhoHo bear as Gracie Hurley ’14 (left) looks on. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer It’s not every day that you see a young man wearing nothing but a green Speedo in the early morning hours during a driving snowstorm with temperatures in the teens.Then again, there is no other day at Harvard quite like Housing Day.That is when freshmen, who spend their first year living in and around the Yard, are sorted into one of Harvard’s 12 upperclass Houses. Freshmen are informed of their House assignment by the residents of their new Houses, who storm their dorm rooms with the good news.This morning’s cold and snow could not diminish the spirits of hundreds of undergraduates as they raced into the Yard for one of Harvard’s unique and joyous traditions. Sub-freezing temperatures did not deter a few Currier House students from donning their traditional Speedos, or the Adams House undergrads’ usual garb of sport jackets and boxer shorts.Kirkland House, which had begun patrolling the Yard at 3 a.m., secured the coveted spot surrounding the John Harvard statute in front of University Hall.“Kirkland House has the most House spirit, so we wanted to be first. You have to be first and get the statue,” said Kirkland’s Raja Ghawi ’15. “I mean, everyone knows that Kirkland House is the best, and that’s clear today.”Ghawi’s comment drew jeers from Shunella Lumas ’15 and Juliet Musabeyezu ’15, who were both wearing antlers in honor of Dunster House’s moose mascot.“Actually, I think the cold and the snow has brought us closer together as a people. And actually, I think the snow is actually causing people to rally harder,” said Musabeyezu. “But I am wondering where the other Houses are right now.”That’s when Eliot House students, led by their elephant mascot, created a streak of blue across the Yard, while undergraduates from Mather House made a sea of red as they entered through the gates.Horns sounded, gongs clanged, and upperclassmen chanted as freshmen watched from their dorm windows. Several students from various Houses paused to take picture with interim College Dean Donald Pfister.Cabot House Co-Master Rakesh Khurana, who is the incoming dean of the College, was hoisted into the air by some Cabot students.“Housing Day is one of those pure joy days,” Khurana said. “And I think the students deserve a couple of crazy days during the year.”As the cheering and dancing hit a fever pitch outside, inside University Hall representatives from each House received letters to deliver to freshmen informing them of their House assignments. With their letters in hand, students from each House stormed into the dorms, letting the Class of 2017 know where they will be living the next three years.After making their deliveries, representatives from the Houses congregated at Annenberg Hall to greet their new residents as freshmen gathered for lunch. Upperclassmen hugged and high-fived the freshmen as they made their way in to pick up T-shirts, headbands, and bags emblazoned with the colors and shields of their new Houses.“This is all really just amazing,” said Edem Fagbolagun, ’17. “I got Leverett House, and I am ecstatic.”Asked about the festivities in the Yard earlier in the day, Fagbolagun said with a smile, “Yeah, it all started really early.” 1Housing Day intensity begins at Adams House with this spirited charge on the Yard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Not even snow can deter these Lowell House students chanting outside Hollis Hall. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Adams House residents rally in the courtyard before processing into Harvard Yard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
The Student Diversity Board (SDB) at Saint Mary’s has a busy spring semester ahead of it, all culminating in its biggest event of the year — the annual diversity conference.The conference, originally called the Diverse Student Leadership Conference, will now be called the Diversity and Leadership Conference, SDB vice president and senior Megan Uekert said.(Editor’s note: Megan Uekert is a former News writer for The Observer.)“We are trying to make it more student-friendly this year with both workshops and keynote speakers,” she said.Uekert said the specific workshops and speakers cannot be released yet, but planning is going well. In addition to the conference, she said, SDB will also host a screening of the historical film “Selma” this semester.“‘[Selma]’ puts an emotional and strong emphasis on black history month, and it is always important to remember the struggles and endurance of those who fought for civil rights before us,” Uekert said.SDB also celebrated Valentine’s Day with a “Love is Love” table event Tuesday to show that love comes in all forms, SDB president and senior Victoria Ernsberger said.“[SDB] and the Gay Straight Alliance wanted to advocate for and celebrate all different types of love,” she said.Uekert said the goal was to support the LGBTQ community at Saint Mary’s. A sign prompted students to write down who they love, and students wrote down everyone from parents to roommates, Ernsberger said.While the group hosted a large number of events last semester, Uekert said the group hopes to increase the attendance at events this spring.Last semester, SDB held its annual Hunger Banquet, an event to raise awareness and understanding for food insecurity and poverty. This year, the event was also a partnership with the Office of Civic and Social Engagement for Food Justice Week, which Ernsberger said was her favorite event last semester.“The Hunger Banquet is usually held in November, which is a great time before the holidays to really reflect on how fortunate we all are and, hopefully, to be inspired to give back and make a difference in our community,” she said.Ernsberger said she hopes to see open-mindedness in SDB’s upcoming leadership team in the 2018-2019 school year after she graduates.“Diversity comes in all shapes and sizes, and I believe that it is important to remember that and showcase that throughout our programming,” she said.Uekert said she hopes SDB’s future leaders continue to involve the South Bend community, offering words of wisdom for them.“Plan ahead and reach out into the community,” she added.SDB sets goals each semester, Ernsberger said. While these goals typically include specifics such as planning more events, raising awareness for issues on campus or creating an inclusive environment, Ernsberger said the most important goal to her is making a difference.“Honestly, I believe that as long as we reach at least one student, we have met our goal,” she said. “If our events and programming make just one student at Saint Mary’s feel included and valued, that’s exactly what we want.”Tags: Diversity, Diversity and Leadership Conference, inclusion, Student Diversity Board
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York FBI agents recently recovered and returned one of four precious works of art that were stolen from the Oysterponds Historical Society on the North Fork more than 14 years ago, authorities said.An individual who paid several hundred dollars for one of the paintings at an antiques shop shortly after it was stolen in 2001 later checked the FBI’s Stolen Art Database, discovered the work was stolen, and called federal agents, who returned it to the rightful owners on Sept. 29, authorities said.“The FBI told us this past spring they believed the Bark Washington had been located and asked if we wanted it back,” recalled Amy Folk, collections manager for the Orient-based historical society. “Of course we want it back!”The Bark Washington, an 1860 painting by an unknown artist, depicts an entire whale hunting scene, including the whales and other smaller ships, which is unusual given that marine art generally depicts just a single ship.That painting and another, the Jennie French Potter, plus two whale busks were stolen while the historical society’s building was undergoing renovations. They were estimated to be worth $32,000 in 2001, according to FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser. When adjusted for inflation, their value today is $43,000.Langmesser said that she could not disclose the identity of the person who turned in the stolen art. She noted neither the purchaser, nor the since-closed antiques shop in East Marion—not far from the historical society—would be charged with possessing stolen art. The FBI is treating the customer and the shop as “innocent third parties,” she said.“When art theft occurs, it’s common for the thief to sell it right away to someone else who is going to sell it right away, creating distance between the thief and the piece,” said Langmesser, who described the theft as a crime of opportunity.Both the returned painting and the one that has yet to be found are artistically unique and have ties to the community. They were both local ships captained by local families. The Jennie French Potter, a painting of a five-mast schooner by Samual F. Badger, is also unusual because most schooners have three masts.Folk, the curator, hopes that the Jennie French Potter and the whale busks are also found. She described the whale busks as whalebones shaped like “giant tongue depressors with designs or writing on them” that were commonly used in corsets in the 19th century. Unfortunately, locating the stolen busks will be harder because there are no known photographs of them.With no leads or suspects, the case was closed in 2002, Langmesser said. But with the recent discovery of at least one of the stolen paintings, the investigation is now continuing, although the thief has yet to be identified.The FBI asks anyone with information on this case or any other stolen art works to call them 212-384-1000. Tipsters may remain anonymous.The FBI is still looking for the stolen Jennie French Potter.
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